Applications for the Regular Home Energy Assistance Program, which is a one-time credit on a resident's heating bill are now available for the 2013-14 program year.
The Home Energy Assistance Program, administered locally by the Community Action Council of Portage County, Inc., is designed to assist low-income households meet the rising costs of home heating.
Customers can visit Community Action Council HEAP offices at 1036 W. Main St. in Ravenna from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to noon Fridays to fill out an application, which can be electronically filed with the state.
Residents may also mail the application to the state themselves or electronically file it online at www.development.ohio.gov/is/is_energyassist.htm.
The Regular HEAP program will provide a one-time credit on a resident's heating bill.
To apply residents must bring 90 days proof of income for anyone in the home over 18, Social Security numbers for all household members, current gas, electric and bulk fuel bills, and must meet income guidelines. Residents must be at or below 175 percent of poverty. This income level is a change from prior year eligibility levels.
Applications are also available online at the Ohio Development Services Agency, Office of Community Assistance website located at: www.development.ohio.gov/is/is_energyassist.htm or by calling the state's toll free number at 1-800 282-0880.
Customers may also call the CAC office at 330-297-1456 to have a Regular HEAP application mailed to them.
Tish Nebe, HEAP coordinator, also cautioned current PIPP Plus customers to visit the agency in order to reverify income so that they remain on PIPP Plus.
"The state and utility companies are sending out letters to many PIPP Plus customers to reverify and they may be confusing. We can take care of any income reverifications or enrollment at the CAC office," Nebe said.